A P P R O A C H
A.I.M.S. Landscape strives to produce landscapes and provide services which are of a high quality and achieve a standard of excellence.
Tasks and designs are thoughtfully considered, developed, crafted, coordinated and resolved for innovative and exciting outcomes.
Landscapes are designed not only to be attractive, functional, enjoyable and exceed client expectations as well as durable and long lasting.
Ideas and concepts are clearly and professionally presented visually and verbally for all involved (including the client, engineers, architects, consultants and builders.) This clear and thorough communication ensures that design intent is conveyed in a way that can be grasped and discussed for a unified collaborative effort - vital as quality communications at all stages of a project is key to a successful and coordinated end result.
D E S I G N - P R O C E S S
A typical landscape design project follows the following stage sequence. For smaller or unique projects, alternative programs can be implemented to suit the project or clients needs.
1. INITIAL DESIGN CONSULTATION
The preliminary meeting is between the Client and A.I.M.S. Landscape on site. At this time we will carefully listen and discuss the project to extract the essense of the clients needs and design objectives. We observe, analize and discuss site conditions, constraints and opportunities, functional requirements, and potential construction budgets for the formation of the concept design.
2. DESIGN PROPOSAL
A.I.M.S. Landscape outlines the services to be rendered, client expectations, fees, payment schedule and timeline within a formal document which, once signed, is used as an agreement between the Client and A.I.M.S. Landscape.
3. CONCEPT DESIGN
The first phase of the design process, the Concept Design incorporates the brief and considers direction from the initial meeting and site information gathered. Design ideas and solutions are explored and overall design vision is folded into a concept plan or various design options. The Concept Design is not intended for construction but rather to allow the Client to visualize the direction, style, and overall feel for their site. Depending on the project, various plans, perspectives, precedent image sheets and sketches may be generated as part of the design exploration process. Following further discussions with the client, revisions are made and are agreed upon, and the design direction is established.
4. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
The Concept Design is then taken to the next level with the design being developed and resolved. Further presentation materials and graphics are produced, showing key elements and themes for review and discussion, eg. hardscape materials, elevation changes, planting and lighting. These drawings form the base for construction documents.
5. CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION
Working drawings, specifications, and bidding documents are prepared and completed. Various plans and details are generated as needed. This documentation set is used for contractor bidding purposes and construction. The working drawings are thoroughly developed for accurate bidding and to reduce change orders during construction. A 'value engineering' stage can be added after bidding or quoting to bring the project within desired cost range.
6. CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION
During this phase, periodic inspections of construction at key stages occurs to ensure the design intent is executed as intended and a high standard of construction is performed. At the end of the project a 'punch list' is generated for final job sign off to ensure that all corrections have been completed. Other general contract administration services such as change order review, contractor invoice review, code compliance and other services are also offered.
7. POST CONSTRUCTION
After the project is complete, follow up visits are utilized to observe how plants and landscape systems are performing. Adjustments to maintenance programs can be recommended and other fine-tuning can take place where needed.